Gluten-free Christmas pudding
There’s a pudding tradition in every family, from stir-ups to sixpence and setting yours ablaze with brandy. Sometimes though, it pays to break with tradition just a little bit. That’s especially true if you have a dietary requirement like eating only gluten-free. Never fear – the pud for you is here
Serves 8 Total Time 3.5 hrs, plus overnight soaking.
- 350g mixed dried fruit
- 100g stoned soft dates, chopped
- 25g crystallised ginger, finely chopped
- Zest of 1 orange
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 bramley apple, cored and grated
- 100g fresh breadcrumbs, made by blitzing gluten-free white bread
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 100ml apple juice
- 4tbsp brandy
- 100g butter, frozen
- 50g almonds, chopped
- 75g gluten-free white flour
- 2 large eggs
- 220g dark muscovado sugar
- Butter, for greasing
- In a large bowl, combine all the dried fruit with the ginger, citrus zest and lemon juice.
- Stir in the apple, almonds and spices, then add the apple juice and brandy. Mix well, cover and set aside overnight for the fruit to soak.
- The next day, coarsely grate the butter into the mixture and stir. Fold in the breadcrumbs and flour.
- Lightly beat the eggs and sugar in another bowl to combine, then stir into the mixture.
- Butter a 1L pudding basin and fill with the mixture.
- Cover with a double layer of buttered foil, making a pleat in the centre to let the pudding rise, and secure with string tied around the basin rim.
- Place in a saucepan and pour in enough water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the bowl.
- Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 3 hrs, topping up the water when necessary, then leave in the pan until cool.
- Remove, and replace the foil with a new double layer of foil tied on with string. Store in a cool, dark room for up to 2 months.
- To reheat, steam as above for 2 hrs, then turn out onto a large plate. Alternatively, reheat the pud in the microwave following the manufacturer’s instructions – be sure to remove the foil first.